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Effects of altitude on compression readings 25 Jul 2010 16:19 #385711

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Does altitude effect compression readings? As you go higher in altitude the air is thinner so does the PSI numbers in a compression reading slso go down? If an engine is producing lets say 150 psi compression at sea level then at 5,000 ft what will the reading be?

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Effects of altitude on compression readings 25 Jul 2010 16:24 #385714

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Yes it will be lower, your FSM should have a chart for your motor compression readings at different altitudes.
If you wait someone will post it for you most likely.
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Effects of altitude on compression readings 25 Jul 2010 18:00 #385747

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The problem is the question you are asking is like shooting a moving target :laugh: I can tell you that at standard temperature and pressure (29.92 in/hg @ 15 deg/Celsius), you generally loose close to an inch of mercury for every 1000 ft of elevation gain.

Each inch of Mercury is equal to approximately .5 psi (29.92"hg = 14.7 psi) So in your case, 5000' ele. would equate to 2.5 psi. The only issue with all this info is that atmospheric conditions are RARELY at standard temp and pressure B)
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Effects of altitude on compression readings 25 Jul 2010 18:20 #385752

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Well don't think 2.5 psi drop in compression is right for 5000ft. Engines lose 25-30% of power here in Colorado, I'm at 6200ft. I think my 2 J's set close r to 120-125 cranking pressure. My friends 850GS was only 100, when I first checked it cold and not much more hot. He was told he needed a rebuild by 1 mechanic. His FSM had a chart and it was spot on for this high.
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Effects of altitude on compression readings 25 Jul 2010 20:46 #385782

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porchev914 wrote:

The problem is the question you are asking is like shooting a moving target :laugh: I can tell you that at standard temperature and pressure (29.92 in/hg @ 15 deg/Celsius), you generally loose close to an inch of mercury for every 1000 ft of elevation gain.

That means roughly 3.3% loss for each 1000feet, about 20% down at 6000 feet. If the standard compression is 160psi, then I would guess about 125 psi at 6000 feet?

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Each inch of Mercury is equal to approximately .5 psi (29.92"hg = 14.7 psi) So in your case, 5000' ele. would equate to 2.5 psi.

But that is a loss of 2.5 psi of atmospheric pressure to fill the cylinder which does not equate to 2.5 psi less compression.
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Effects of altitude on compression readings 25 Jul 2010 21:28 #385789

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Motor Head wrote:

Well don't think 2.5 psi drop in compression is right for 5000ft.


Well, it may not be. I only stated atmospheric pressure drop, not compression drop ,but my data is correct ;) Bountyhunter took my data 1 step further and broke it down into percentages, which looks correct.

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